Ocean Policy News
July 2, 2023

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Acutely Exposed to Changing Climate, Many Greenlanders Do Not Blame Humans

A new survey shows that the largely Indigenous population of Greenland is highly aware that the climate is changing, and far more likely than people in other Arctic nations to say they are personally affected. Yet, many do not blame human influences -- especially those living traditional ...

Investing in Nature Improves Equity, Boosts Economy

A new study shows that current trends in environmental degradation will lead to large economic losses in the coming decades, hitting the poorest countries hardest. But there is hope: investing in nature can turn those losses into ...

Flooding Tackled by Helping Citizens Take Action

Scientists have developed a new method that empowers citizens to identify solutions to climate change ...

Conservation Policies Risk Damaging Global Biodiversity, Researchers Argue

Rewilding, organic farming and the 'nature friendly farming' measures included in some government conservation policies risk worsening the global biodiversity crisis by reducing how much food is produced in a region, driving up food imports and increasing environmental damage ...

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Human and Ocean Health Impacts of Ocean Plastics

Researchers from the fields of healthcare, ocean science, and social science have collaborated to quantify plastic's considerable risks to all life on Earth. The Minderoo-Monaco Commission on ...

Going Beyond English Is Critical for Conservation

Research in languages other than English is critically important for biodiversity conservation and is shockingly under-utilized internationally, according to an international research ...

Assessing the Potential Risks of Ocean-Based Climate Intervention Technologies on Deep-Sea Ecosystems

An international team of experts convened remotely as part of the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative's Climate Working Group to consider the deep-sea impacts of ocean-based climate intervention ...

Scientists Call for Global Push to Eliminate Space Junk

As almost 200 countries agree a legally-binding treaty to protect the High Seas, a collaboration of experts in ocean plastic pollution and satellite technology has urged world leaders to learn ...

How Climate Change Threatens Asia's Water Tower

Tibet is known as the 'Water Tower of Asia,' providing water to about 2 billion people and supporting critical ecosystems in High Mountain Asia and the Tibetan Plateau, where many of the ...

Sea Level Rise Poses Particular Risk for Asian Megacities

Sea level rise this century may disproportionately affect certain Asian megacities, according to new research that looks at the effects of natural sea level fluctuations in addition to climate ...

Diets Rich in Food from the Ocean and Freshwater Sources Can Help Address Nutritional and Environmental Challenges

Blue foods -- those that come from the ocean or freshwater environments -- have tremendous potential to help address several global challenges. With careful implementation of policies that leverage ...

Feedback Loops Make Climate Action Even More Urgent, Scientists Say

Researchers have identified 26 global warming accelerators known as amplifying feedback loops that the researchers say aren't being properly included in climate models. They note that the ...

Building Higher Islands Could Save the Maldives from Sea-Level Rise, Says Study

Artificially raising island heights or building completely new higher islands have been proposed as solutions to sea-level rise in the Maldives and other low-lying nations. Researchers show that ...

Acceleration of Global Sea Level Rise Imminent Past 1.8 Degrees Planetary Warming

A study shows that an irreversible loss of the ice sheets, and a corresponding acceleration of sea level rise, may be imminent if global temperature cannot be stabilized below 1.8 degrees ...

New Land Creation on Waterfronts Increasing, Study Finds

Humans are artificially expanding cities' coastlines by extending industrial ports and creating luxury residential waterfronts. Developers have added over 2,350 square kilometers of land (900 ...


Tracking Ocean Microplastics from Space

New information about an emerging technique that could track microplastics from space has been uncovered. It turns out that satellites are best at spotting soapy or oily residue, and microplastics ...

Marine Reserves Unlikely to Restore Marine Ecosystems

Protected marine areas are one of the essential tools for the conservation of natural resources affected by human impact -- mainly fishing --, but, are they enough to recover the functioning of these ...

What Makes People Care About the Environment?

A new study analyzes the factors that drive environmental concern among Europeans in an effort to understand how we can bolster popular support for combating climate ...

Devastating Cost of Future Coastal Flooding for Many Developing Nations Predicted in New Study

New global modelling predicts the devastating socioeconomic impacts of future extreme coastal flooding for developing nations caused by climate change, with Asia, West Africa and Egypt facing severe ...

Protected Areas Fail to Safeguard More Than 75% of Global Insect Species

Insects play crucial roles in almost every ecosystem -- they pollinate more than 80% of plants and are a major source of food for thousands of vertebrate species -- but insect populations are ...

1. 5-Degree Goal Not Plausible: Social Change More Important Than Physical Tipping Points

Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is currently not plausible, as is shown in a new, central study. Climate policy, protests, and the Ukraine crisis: the participating researchers ...

Outlook for the Blue Economy

A handful of hyper-productive fisheries provide sustenance to a billion people and employ tens of millions. These fisheries occur on the eastern edges of the world's oceans -- off the West Coast ...

Study Reveals Influence of Krill Availability on Humpback Whale Pregnancies

Scientists show reduced krill supplies lead to fewer pregnancies in humpback whales -- a finding that could have major implications for industrial krill fishing. Data from Antarctica show more ...

The Single Oil Spill That Can Disrupt the Global Energy Supply

海上区域城市的三倍大f London holds the highest risk for oil spills in the Gulf which can have devastating consequences locally and ...

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